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The Unsinkable Molly Brown House Museum

Updated on August 6, 2014
Looking toward the face of Margaret Brown House
Looking toward the face of Margaret Brown House | Source

Museum Sinage

Margaret Brown House signage
Margaret Brown House signage | Source

Waiting for the Tour

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the famous Molly Brown House. Gathering upon the front porch, a group of thirty people awaited their anticipated tour.

When the guide arrived, she explained that we weren't allowed to take any pictures once inside since the museum, which held all media rights to the interior of the home.

Of course, this was a bit of a disappointment, but understandable. Even still, the tour itself was very interesting, and the guide was a wealth of information and personal reflection on Margaret Brown.

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Molly Brown Museum

The Downstairs

As we toured each room of the house, you could almost sense the indomitable spirit of a great lady.

Everywhere you looked Molly's personality shined through, even after all these years. Original golden gilt-covered walls and Edwardian statues decorated the foyer. I found the parlor quite small, and wonder how Mrs. J.J. Brown managed to entertain in such limited space; however the library and dining room made up for that space. It was quite revealing to learn that Molly had learned to fluently speak five languages, and she was quite versed in the social issues of the day, and while learning of this I looked over the elongated dining room and tried to imagine the liberated conversations that might have taken place there.

Actress Kathy Bates as Molly Brown

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The Upstairs

As we took to the stairwell, a rush of sunshine filtered through colorful stained-glass, and golden lights lit up the dark and rustic interior. It's no wonder, Molly preferred the upper bedroom corridor, and where she spent most of her time with her children and parents. Very rarely did J.J. Brown stay at the residence. It was widely rumored that he could not handle Margaret's liberal views on society, nor her free spirit.

After viewing the bedrooms, along the hallway, there were photographs dedicated to Molly's courageous experience as a passenger aboard the ill-fated Titanic. Some of the photographs included Molly standing beside the Captain of the Carpathia, the ship that rescued the Titanic, and then of the rescue boat itself, half full with Molly herself among the surviving passengers.

Mrs JJ Brown Presents a Trophy

Mrs. J.J. "Molly" Brown presenting trophy cup award to Capt. Arthur Henry Rostron, for his service in the rescue of the Titanic.
Mrs. J.J. "Molly" Brown presenting trophy cup award to Capt. Arthur Henry Rostron, for his service in the rescue of the Titanic. | Source

Near Ruin

After Molly's death, the house fell into near ruin. Over the years, the home was a boarding house for men, and a home for troubled girls.

In 1970, the home was about to be demolished to make room for a parking area; however, a small group of wealthy citizens got together and saved the home from ruin.

Today the home stands almost as regal as it had in the past when Molly Brown reigned Queen of Denver society.

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    cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    I also agree.. Zzz.. this is a great hub ..The best movie is the old one with Debbie Reynolds.. ha,ha .. enough said .. I am giving my age away !!

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thanks BW ... the visit was very enjoyable and I would highly recommend to anyone interested in History. Hugs

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    Nice job, Ziyena. I enjoyed your review along with all the videos. You touch on a variety of subjects in your writing. I never know what to expect which makes you a writer I enjoy reading.

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thanks for the correction Minne! Yes, Molly was very wealthy, although she came from very humble beginings. Her husband JJ Brown struck it rich in the gold mines, and then shortly after, they moved to Denver where she reigned as "Queen" of Denver society. I find it amazing that someone who came from a poor family could end up rubbing shoulders with some of the most famous people in her time - names like Tycoon John Jacob Astor. Fascinating indeed!

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    This is so interesting to read of Molly Brown. I didn't see this movie, did you? I am really wanting to see it now. Molly wasn't really a queen right? You just said that tongue and cheek. I take it she was just very wealthy. BTW~I just wanted to point out that in paragraph 4-you left out the 'n' in entertain. Hit many buttons and voted up. I just love your hubs. They fascinate me.

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